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Two Spanish shipwreck victims still missing

Indonesian authorities are continuing to search for two Spanish citizens, including a 43-year-old from Seville, the only people still missing after a tourist boat carrying 25 people in the country's waters sank on Sunday.

Two Spanish shipwreck victims still missing
Survivors of the shipwreck rest at a house near to the Indonesian town of Bima on August 17th. Photo: Andy Amaldan/AFP

"The two Spaniards are still missing. We are continuing the search with the army, police and rescue services involved," Indonesia's national disaster agency said on Thursday.

The vessel was carrying 25 people between the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Komodo, famous for its giant lizard species — the Komodo dragon.

Fifteen out of the 25 passengers on board were tourists from Germany,England, New Zealand, Holland, France and Spain. The other ten were Indonesian citizens.

Two Spaniards were rescued from the vessel with one of the survivors telling Spanish daily ABC how they managed to overcome cold, hunger, cramps, exhaustion and jellyfish before being rescued.

It was one of those survivors who said first said two other Spanish people were on board the tourist vessel.

Spain's foreign ministry have now confirmed one of those was Víctor García Montes, a 43-year-old solicitor from Seville, according to Spanish national daily El Mundo.

The other passenger's name has only been given as Jorge.

Some of the survivors said the pair had jumped into the water in an attempt to swim to a nearby island. The two men have not been seen since.

Several of family members of Montes have now gone to Indonesia to assist in search efforts, El Mundo reported.

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US family finds sunken Spanish treasure, again

A family of treasure hunters in Florida say they found a golden pyx - a eucharist case - from a shipwrecked 16th century Spanish galleon, local media reported on Tuesday.

US family finds sunken Spanish treasure, again
Gold coins making up part of the cargo of the 19th-century Spanish warship the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes. File photo: Spanish Ministry of Culture/AFP

The Schmitt family told Orlando's WKMG television they found the golden pyx, a box used to transport Eucharist wafers, in a 1715 wreck off today's Fort Pierce.

The vessel was carrying treasure from Spain's colonies in Latin America back to Spain, when it sunk during a hurricane.

It is not the first time the family has made a rich find: just last year the residents of Sanford, Florida, found gold chains and gold coins worth some $500,000 (€373,000), the US network said.

The Schmitt family owns a company in Florida —  Booty Salvage Company — which specializes in treasure-hunting off the Florida region known as the Treasure Coast.

"We never expected to get rich off this. We do it for the love that we have for treasure hunting, for finding part of history,” Hillary Schmit told JCKonline after the family found its first treasure.

Pyxes, like the one the Schmitt family say they have found, were used by people who were ill or unable to go to church, to carry around sacramental bread.

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